Don’t put all your eggs in one basket!

We’re all tempted to go for one company to solve all our needs, one voice to filter everything out and offer the service you want. Is it really the best idea, let us explore why we think multiple agents and contacts is best for your online presence.

We’re going to break this down into the technical/marketing and sales sides of your digital world, starting with our speciality, the technical side;

Domain Name

Your website address, URL or common name Domain is your online identity, many of us have built our business name around the domain name we could purchase, be that fizzyblonde.uk, archers.law, or musicisthekey.door the variations you can choose from are fantastic, so after spending hours searching for the domain name, buy it yourself!

You will then own this, it won’t be accidentally purchased by another company, and you have all the rights to move it anywhere you like and it’s yours. Now we can sell you domain names, but we always advise our customer to purchase them elsewhere to keep things more secure and give them freedom.

Hosting

You can get hosting directly from a supplier, you can buy it from a reseller and you can buy it with you domain registrar. All are equally as good, but ask yourself what would happen in a nightmare scenario? If you purchase it from the web designer with your site and the designer doesn’t pay for their hosting, your site goes down and your on-line reputation is damaged. Maybe they go out of business, they are backing it up for you, or they offer you a great annual deal and forget to tell you that little changes are chargeable at their hourly rate.

If you take out the hosting yourself, you have control of the account, you’ve paid and if the developer goes under the hosting was separate and your site will live on. Any changes you want to make, can be done when you like and free of charge. You don’t have to wait until their office hours, and pay their fee, just contact the hosting company, ask them how and do it.

Website

Let’s not go into too much detail here, you can read our previous article about why we think you should do it yourself here

Platform

This is paramount, as choosing the wrong one at the start could be disastrous to your site and cost you loads later on. WordPress is by far the most popular at the moment as it’s versatile and easy to setup but if you’re focusing on a shop front have a look at Magneto or Prestashop. If you’re confused go on a few courses and learn about them or read up on-line.

SEO

Most website development company and hosting companies will offer some degree of SEO for your site, but did you know there are loads of tools out there you can use for free to get you started. Have a look at Hypestar SEO tool, or for a more technical one, try dareboost.com. These are great if you want to save a bit of money and some time, but more importantly you can run these and keep them as comparisons to see how the professionals have done.

On that note, I think SEO is paramount and well worth paying for! Get a copywriter to help you write content, find a photographer to take pictures, getting the right people together the best way, but don’t over reach! If you’re testing a website and aren’t ready for the ecommerce plugin, skip the photographer and hire them when ready.

Having a separate approach allows you to manage you cash flow better and really lets you get the site you deserve.

Sales

Online sales, the place to be… get a SSL certificate. Google is not picking on sites without it even if they aren’t ecommerce sites, SSL certificates help SEO and secure your sites. Free ones such as Let’s Encrypt work great for none commerce sites but paid ones come with security and insurance. You can buy them from source, but since they are addons to your site, just get them from your hosting company.

Finally… before deciding if we’re right with the DIY approach, it’s worth mentioning that although you are certainly going to have an easier time paying someone to do everything, you’re never going to be in control of your property, your assets will always be available to someone.

Would you do that with your Car or House?

Go with different companies and limit your liability is our advice!

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Can WannaCry infect Linxu, and my website?

With all the attacks on the NHS and other large companies across the world, we wanted to update you on some of the details of what can be affected. 88% of the world currently uses Windows, this means that hackers have the best chance of making a profit attacking this system, Mac and the others take up the remaining 12% of the Operating Systems.

Most web servers use Linux, and since wannacry affects CVE-2017-0146 and CVE-2017-0147 which is the NSA leak exploit which was released by Shadow Broker almost 3 weeks ago, both of which are only Windows exploits. If someone is using ‘wine’ on Linux can also be affected but only within the ‘wine’ section of the system.

It takes advantage of an SMB exploit.

There are 2 paths that can help you protect yourself.

  1. Make this domain available to your environment. http://www.iuqerfsodp9ifjaposdfjhgosurijfaewrwergwea.com The wannacry uses this to detect if the environment is running under analysis or not. This domain was a unregistered domain until researchers realized. They made it and purchased to domain to stop the spreading. On registering the ransomware thinks it is running under sandbox and hence stops
  2. Download the patch officially release by Microsoft. Following is the link.

WannaCry: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msrc/2017/05/12/customer-guidance-for-wannacrypt-attacks/

SMB patch: https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/MS17-010

Concluding: WannaCry is the ransomware affects only Windows systems.

Therefore if you’re on Windows Hosting you can be affected if they haven’t patched the server correct, if you have a VPS on Windows, make sure its fully updated to protect your data.

And always backup your files somewhere else

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I’m on a blacklist!!! How can i get off it!

Its not the end of the world, but you have some work to do. Here’s a list of all the common ones and what to do!

  1. Phishtank – Please visit the following page: http://www.phishtank.com/contact.php and follow the instructions for reporting an incorrect phishing page.
  2. Clean-MX – Please send an email to abuse@clean-mx.de with detailes of what you have done to take care of any malware/spam issues.
  3. Malware URL – Please follow the instructions here: http://www.malware.com.br/contrib.shtml#submit
  4. SURBL – Please follow the instructions here: http://www.surbl.org/faqs#whitelist
  5. DNS Blacklist – Please read the following page: http://www.dnsbl.info/blacklist-removal.php – you will need to put in your IP address at the top of the page to see why DNSBL is blacklisting your IP. You can find your website’s ip address by following the instructions here: http://www.wikihow.com/Find-a-Website’s-IP-Address . Once you put in your IP at DNSBL – you will be able to see the specific blacklist that is marking your domain/IP as unsafe – you will then need to visit the page of the blacklist by searching for it in a search engine like Google and request a removal from the specific blacklist.
  6. Symantec – Please follow the instructions here : http://safeweb.norton.com/help/site_owners#getting_started to get started with creating an account at Norton and request a removal from the blacklist.
  7. SpamCop – To get off SpamCop’s blacklist – please ensure that your site is clean and then contact our friends who do a good job of keeping spam off the Internet via http://www.spamcop.net/fom-serve/cache/91.html
  8. Jwspamspy – Please send an email to joewein@pobox.com asking to be let off the Joe Wein blacklist.
  9. Bing/Yahoo – To request a removal from Bing’s blacklist (which is often fraught with false positives) please use the information below:
    To request a removal from Bing and Yahoo’s lists you can go here: https://support.discoverbing.com/eform.aspx?productKey=bingcontentremoval&ct=eformts&scrx=1&st=1&wfxredirect=1
    Select “My Site Has a Malware Warning” and then select the appropriate option and continue.
  10. McAfee – To request a review for removal of your website off McAfee’s Blacklist, please visit http://www.siteadvisor.com/userfeedback.html , fill in the appropriate values and click the “Send Your Feedback” button.
    It will usually take 5-7 working days to get your site off this blacklist.
  11. Google – To request a review of your site at Google, here are the instructions:
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    – Log into Google Webmaster Tools (www.google.com/webmasters/)
    – Click on your site name (e.g. www.yoursite.com)
    – Click on Health in the left hand navigation
    – Click on Malware
    If your site is not already registered with Google, you will first have to register it by following the instructions below –
    You will then be giving the choice to verify your website. You can verify your website using the standard Google method or ALTERNATIVE methods. The standard method requires inserting some code into your website that Google provides. However, if you have no knowledge of how to insert code, Google provides an Alternative tab and if you click there you will find a few simple methods to verify your website that require NO knowledge of the inner workings of your website. Select which verification method you want to use and then click the “Verify” button. After you are verified which takes a few seconds, you can proceed.
    – Click on Request a Review

Good Luck